Report a planning breach
Sometimes development is carried out without the required planning permission or without following the details and conditions given by the council. We enforce planning to ensure that works don’t ruin the look and safety of an area and its community.
Planning enforcement will be considered for:
- unauthorised display of advertisements
- unauthorised work on protected trees
- unauthorised work on listed buildings
- unauthorised demolition of some buildings within a conservation area
- unauthorised storage of hazardous materials
- removal of protected hedgerows
- allowing land to fall into such poor condition that it harms the quality of the area
- harm to a Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI).
We will not investigate:
- boundary disputes
- neighbour disputes
- legal covenants
- damage to property
- devaluation to property
- unsafe structures
- neighbour lifestyle clashes
- graffiti and anti-social behaviour
- parking disputes
- cars for sale on the public highway.
Independent legal advice should be sought to resolve these issues.
How enforcement is prioritised
Many people do not realise that enforcement powers are discretionary, to be used only when needed. Unacceptable development will not be tolerated.
To best use the limited resources currently available,
If the harm is not considered
The Planning Service deals with a significant number of cases investigating alleged breaches of planning control
Before you report a planning breach
If you want to report a breach of planning control we suggest that you first:
- check if the development needs planning permission
- search for the planning application
- comment on an application if one has been made.
How to report a breach
To report a breach, we need:
- the address of the breach
- type of breach such as erection of a building or structure, advertisement or change of use
- your name and address
- a detailed description of the breach.
Details of who is reporting a breach are kept confidential. We will tell you of the outcome once we've looked into it.
If you would like to report a breach email firstname.lastname@example.org.
View the planning enforcement policy.
Sites of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) include our most spectacular habitats, and each has a management plan and requires consent before works are carried out.
It's a criminal offence to harm a Site of Specific Scientific Interest and can result in a fine of up to £20,000 or, on conviction, an unlimited fine.
How we use your data
When you use our planning services, some of your data may be used to enforce planning breaches.